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Feeding Frenzy at Chen Z

06.20.2016 by: Leah McGarry
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Most South Austinites would agree that we get the short end of the deal when it comes to Asian food since most of the good stuff is concentrated in North Austin. However, Chen Z now has a location at the Y (Highway 290/71), making our options for a Chinese food fix a little bit better.

Chen Z is not your typical Chinese American establishment. This isn't the type of place where you're going to order General Tso's chicken and an egg roll. While you can get some customary items like won ton soup, the menu is more unique than what you might be used to. A few of their specialties include pork belly buns, lamb skewers, and noodles. Since they don't have an official website, check out the menu items here.  

Choose from an array of colorful dishes on the wall of Chen Z

Since noodles are a specialty, we opted for the black been noodle dish - which actually includes pork (despite it not being listed). I absolutely love a sweet/savory dish, and the noodles were the perfect texture. I'd order this again and again.

Noodles with pork and black bean sauce

To go along with our main dish we ordered pan fried dumplings, which come in an extremely generous portion size. In addition, tack on an order of the green onion pancakes for just $2.50. These are so light and delicious yet packed with flavor - a perfect side dish to a hearty meal.

Pan fried dumplings

Green onion pancakes

Now it's important to properly set your expectations - this is no fancy establishment by any means. Don't expect much from the ambiance or service, and at times it can appear a little empty. That said, Chen Z definitely has a following and makes for great takeout.

For just over $20, two of us stuffed our faces with a bit of leftovers to spare. Next time you're looking for delicious, not-your-everyday takeout, consider Chen Z for authentic Chinese noodles. 

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